California City May Oder Happy Meals To Go Permanently – After a vote by the city’s leaders Tuesday, Happy Meals could become a thing of the past in San Francisco. It’s board of supervisors is expected to formally approve a ban on most of McDonald’s Happy Meals in current form during a meeting on Tuesday.
In some areas in the northern California city, people felt that McDonald’s offers toys to entice kids to buy meals that don’t meet nutritional criteria. Because of this, a move was proposed to turn Happy Meals into healthy meals.
The proposed ordinance is part of a “food justice movement” and is designed to address how about 50 of the city’s restaurants use giveaway toys in order to sell fast food whose nutritional content is being challenged by the city.
Under the proposal, if the chains want to keep offering Captain America figurines or toys tied with latest films, McDonald’s and other restaurants would have until December 2011 to improve their meals’ nutrition with fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, the food and beverage would have to contain fewer than 600 calories, and less than 35 percent of total calories would come from fat.
In addition, the meal would also have to contain 0.5 cups of fruit and 0.75 cups of vegetables and offer less than 640 mg of sodium and less than 0.5 mg of trans fat. Breakfast, on the other hand, would have the option of offering 0.5 cups of fruit or vegetables.
Authorities hope their measure would encourage similar standards across the country. The San Francisco proposal was modeled after a similar law for unincorporated Santa Clara County, California. This ordinance would be a tremendous victory in fighting childhood obesity.
However, McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud said the company was extremely disappointed with the decision. They believe that it is the right and responsibility of the parents and not the governments.